Diet More Important than Exercise in Losing Weight, Expert

Woman measuring her waistline

Woman measuring her waistlineYou may be aware that eating right and working out more can help you trim those extra pounds. But which is more important: diet or exercise? An expert has zoomed in on the issue and seems to have found the answer.

Studies tend to show that in terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise,

said Prof. Philip Stanforth who teaches exercise science at the University of Texas.

The answer was a big surprise, but Stanforth explained that working out takes longer for you to see its results than diet. Exercise also burns less fat and takes more time than just following a strict diet.

In addition, many people that said goodbye to some high-calorie, high-sugar foods saw major changes in their waistlines just by doing that. The results were visible in a short period of time.

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In other words, an adult has to walk 35 miles to get rid of 3,500 calories. If you take into account that a single Snickers ‘2-to-go’ bar is packed with 440 calories, you’ll have to walk around 5 miles to stay slim after eating it. So, it is much easier to just refrain from that Snickers bar than exercise.

Multiple studies confirm the Texas professor’s theory. In 2014, a comprehensive analysis of 20 studies based on data taken from 3,000 people revealed that meal replacements and a higher intake of protein do help people keep the extra pounds at bay after a low-calorie diet.

In 2011, a study found that there isn’t a direct link between physical activity and being overweight in kids.

Still, exercise is critical as multiple studies had shown. Those studies show that a healthy diet needs to be paired with exercise if people want to lose weight and maintain their new figure.
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